[Homestead] Homemade exercise mat
bobford79 at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 18 22:49:59 EST 2008
Bev, I don't know what the material is called or where you would find it, but most exercise mats are made of a slick material that repels moisture (sweat). You can buy them really cheap, second-hand in a city, but you probably wouldn't have as much access there. I bought one for a dollar for use in my backyard several years ago. The people had owned a small health club, and were selling mats, equipment , etc.
--- On Thu, 12/18/08, EarthNSky <erthnsky at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> From: EarthNSky <erthnsky at bellsouth.net>
> Subject: [Homestead] Homemade exercise mat
> To: "Homestead List" <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008, 8:46 PM
> This is a question for Susan Jane or anyone who sews...
> Also, if anyone here exercises on a mat, please weigh in
> with what you
> think would be best, too.
> I have a piece of foam, 2" thick, 6 feet long x 2 ft
> wide. I want to
> make an exercise mat.
> My first thought was to use an old comforter that I have to
> make a cover
> for it, but after laying it out, I'm having second
> thoughts. Option 2
> is to use heavy denim, what was once a sofa cover that I
> Plan A was to make a fitted cover for the foam, but then,
> it wouldn't be
> removable for washing, and I need that, so I had the idea
> of making it
> like a pillowcase, where the foam slides into the covering.
> I would
> also add straps with velcro at the end of the foam so that
> I could roll
> up the mat like a sleeping bag and secure the roll using
> the velcro
> laden straps. The backing of the comforter I wanted to use
> sticks on
> the foam and does not slide, which makes it great for
> exercise, but
> would be a real pain in the butt to get the cover off and
> on the foam
> mat for laundering. That pretty much leaves me with only
> the denim as
> an option. The denim would slide a little over the foam
> for easier
> I really did want to use that old comforter, but am
> resorting to the
> denim, unless someone can come up with a different type of
> covering for
> the foam. I am open to ideas.
> Secondly, using the denim, if you were doing it, would you
> make the
> denim almost form fit the foam(it would look neater, but
> would probably
> require buying a very long zipper like a sleeping bag would
> have), or
> would you leave it slack like a pillow case?
> If I make it loose, it will be easy to remove to wash, but
> might cause
> problems during the exercise itself.
> I am open to suggestions and ideas and opinions.
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